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17 February 2016

Iron winger Gary McSheffrey says the 2-0 away victory at Millwall was a real solid performance, and one which can only add to the growing confidence in the squad.

The success at the Den means it's now four wins on the bounce, a run of form which McSheffrey feels is thoroughly deserved.

He told The Iron PlayerHD: "It was a real solid performance. It wasn't as comfortable as we would have liked, but it was never going to be, coming here. They're in great form themselves, and I thought our defence were magnificent, plus Luke (Daniels) made some great saves.

"Everyone's put their body on the line, and every man has put a shift in. You get your rewards and we got our reward with Jim (O'Brien) getting the second goal in injury time. We've played really well and gave a really professional performance."

Gary McSheffrey en route to scoring the opener at Millwall.

The United man was full of praise for everyone in the squad, but in particular Jordan Clarke, who replaced Scott Wiseman at right-back.

McSheffrey also spoke of the strength in numbers which the Iron have, something which he believes is vital if the squad are to perform on a consistent basis.

"We've got a couple of players in each defensive position which you can more than comfortably rely on. Jordan (Clarke) has come in for Wisey (Scott Wiseman) and carried on from where he left off at Chelsea," he said.

"The competition is important, because it keeps everybody on their toes, and keeps everybody on their game.

"It's healthy competition, and it's how it is. The strongest squads in this league, they've 20-22 players with real quality, and strength in depth is really important over a long season.

'We've got that, we've got good full-backs, we've got four really good full-backs and the managers can only pick two at one time. So they've got good, healthy decisions to make."

The match saw McSheffrey make his first start since returning from his lengthy knee injury which he picked up before the turn of the new year, and he was delighted he could cap it with a crucial goal.

However, it was the game time which the 33-year-old was most pleased about, considering the amount of time he spent on the sidelines.

"With the Doncaster game being called off, the comeback has been delayed and delayed, and it was just nice to get a start," he added.

"It's been 12 weeks since my last start, and I didn't start the last couple of games before I actually had the injury lay-off. So it was nice to get an hour or so, and obviously nice to get a goal too."

United travel to Fleetwood on Saturday, looking for five consecutive league victories, but McSheffrey was quick to highlight the importance of guarding against complacency.

He stated the squad have every right to be in a buoyant and confident mood, however he stressed standards must not slip.

"We can't be complacent, that's the main thing. We can be confident, because we've earnt it," he stated.

"It's right to be confident, you've got to be confident to make it in this game. So we'll be confident, but not arrogant, and that's the main way to be."

See much more from Gary McSheffrey, Nick Daws and Jim O'Brien on The Iron PlayerHD.

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